The Nomad Cigar Company has been in existence for just two years, but it has made its mark on the industry with some quality products. One such blend is the S-307, released late last year. The box-pressed stick is Nomad’s first produced in Nicaragua, via the Tabacalera AJ Fernandez.
CIGAR STATS: The S-307 features an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper enclosing Ecuadoran Habano binder and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. It is available in five sizes: Toro (6 x 50), Robusto (5 x 50), Torpedo (6½ x 52), Toro Grande (6 x 58), and Corona (5½ by 46). The Toro is the subject of this review. Prices should range from $7-9 per stick.
APPEARANCE: If you are partial to box-pressed cigars – as I am – this stick will suit your fancy. With its dark chocolate wrapper and fairly simple band, it is an appealing sight. It is very well wrapped, firm to the touch but not rock hard, with a bit of oil and a couple of small veins in the wrapper.
THE SMOKE: Once lit, the S-307 produces a non-stop stream of rich aroma and smoke. There’s a short blast of spice and pepper at the start, but it quickly transitions to a smooth, and somewhat mellow, blend of wood, earth and cocoa. The wrapper also imparts a sweet aftertaste that complements the blend of flavors. One of this cigar’s strengths is that it maintains the flavor throughout the smoke, never turning bitter or harsh. The draw is smooth and the burn line is near impeccable, another sign of a quality stick.
VERDICT: The S-307 is a full-production line, so head for your favorite shop and hunt one down. It is a good value, and you will not be disappointed. You can learn more about the Nomad line at nomadcigarcompany.com. – Brian Coyne